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David Vinson Takes The Helm As President And CEO Of Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies »

December 22, 2014 at 4:15AM PST | Source: Kids 'R' Kids

Charts Course for Franchise Growth with New Executive Appointments
December 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // DULUTH, Ga. – Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies announced David Vinson assumed the role of president and CEO of Kids 'R' Kids International, Inc. – a move aligned with the company's progressive vision and ongoing commitment to provide industry-leading early childhood education programs and facilities.
The announcement is part of a larger strategy developed alongside franchisees and partners to determine a refreshed direction for the company and strengthen the executive leadership team as the franchise celebrates 30 years of excellence and expands internationally. Additional measures include the hire and appointment of franchise industry talent and business development leader, Robert (Bob) Kirschner, to chief operating officer and the elevation of the company's current vice chair, Janice Vinson, to chief financial officer...

Bruster's To Open 25 Units In 2015 »

December 22, 2014 at 4:00AM PST | Source: Bruster's Real Ice Cream

Chain Returns to Erie, Pa. with New Franchisee
December 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // PITTSBURGH – Local-restaurant owner Tim Sedney has signed a franchise agreement to open a Bruster's Real Ice Cream shop in the Dobbins Landing section of Erie, Pa., one of 25 locations Bruster's expects to open next year.
The stand-alone shop is scheduled to open in March 2015 at 3100 W. 12th St., site of a former Bruster's that operated there many years ago. Sedney has given the building's façade a complete facelift and installed new landscaping. All other renovations will be completed by mid-January.
Sedney operates two popular waterfront restaurants, also in Dobbins Landing, that attract tourists and local residents alike...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Strengthens Footprint In Colombia With The Openings Of Four Points By Sheraton In Bogota And Barranquilla »

December 22, 2014 at 4:00AM PST | Source: Four Points by Sheraton

Designed for today's traveler, Four Points offers a smart, casual option in two of the region's most dynamic markets.
BOGOTA, Colombia - December 18, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) continues its growth momentum in Latin America and strengthens its presence in Colombia with the openings of Four Points Bogota and Four Points Barranquilla. Both hotels are operated by GHL Hotels under franchise agreements.
With these openings, Starwood continues to strengthen its presence in Colombia, one of the fastest growing economies and most dynamic travel markets in the region. Starwood's current operating portfolio includes the recently opened W Bogota, Sheraton Bogota Hotel, Aloft Bogota Airport, Four Points by Sheraton Cali and Four Points by Sheraton Medellin, with Sheraton Cartagena set to open by the end of 2015...

Carl's Jr. Brings Iconic, Big And Juicy California-style Burgers To Japan »

December 19, 2014 at 12:34PM PST | Source: Carl's Jr.
Carl's Jr. Opportunities Available

Mitsuuroko Group Holdings signs exclusive agreement to develop 150 restaurants throughout Japan
TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Global fast food chain Carl's Jr.® today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Mitsuuroko Group Holdings Co., Ltd. to be the exclusive franchise developer to launch its famous, premium-quality burgers in Japan. Under the terms of the agreement, Mitsuuroko will develop 150 Carl's Jr. restaurants in Japan over the next 10 years. Mitsuuroko plans to open the first Carl's Jr. in Tokyo in 2015 with others opening in multiple markets across Japan.
"We are excited to partner with Mitsuuroko to bring our premium menu items, vibrant brand and innovative service to Japan," said Mike Murphy, president of CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc...

Schlotzsky's Opens First Russian Location »

December 19, 2014 at 12:25PM PST | Source: Schlotzsky's

Successful Moscow Grand Opening Marks Debut of Brand in Former Soviet Countries, More than 50 Additional Restaurants to Follow
AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Schlotzsky's®, home of The Original® oven-baked sandwich and famous Fresh-from-Scratch® buns, has debuted its first location in Russia, part of a plan that will add more than 50 restaurants throughout seven former Soviet countries over the next 10 years.
The fast-casual brand debuted in Kamergerskiy, a historical area in Moscow, Nov. 10 and served more than 1,000 customers in the first week alone.
"Schlotzsky's is such a unique brand and we are happy to finally have a presence in Russia," said Master Franchisee Mehmet Akpinar. "Our customers love the food and we're already getting great feedback on the variety of Schlotzsky's famous freshly-baked sourdough buns...

Sears Hometown And Outlet Stores Ranks In The Top 200 Of Entrepreneur's Franchise 500(R) »

December 19, 2014 at 12:06PM PST | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Leading National Retailer Experiences High Franchise Growth with Multi-Unit Franchise Owners
December 19, 2014 // Franchising.com // HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOS) has made its second consecutive placement in Entrepreneur magazine's 36th Annual Franchise 500® list, placing at No. 157.
Noted as the world's first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking, the Franchise 500 recognized Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. for its exceptional performance in areas including financial strength and stability, growth rate, and size of the franchise system. The Company franchises three store formats that focus on selling home appliances, hardware, tools, lawn and garden equipment and more - Sears Home Appliance Showrooms, Sears Appliance & Hardware Stores and Sears Outlet Stores...

Mosquito Squad Recognized As Leading Franchise Concept By Entrepreneur Magazine's 2015 Franchise 500 List »

December 19, 2014 at 12:00PM PST | Source: Mosquito Squad
Mosquito Squad Opportunities Available

"The Squad" Only Mosquito Control Company Named to Prestigious List
RICHMOND, Va., Dec. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mosquito Squad (www.mosquitosquad.com), America's largest mosquito elimination and tick control brand, has been named to Entrepreneur Magazine's 2015 list of top franchise concepts. Ranking at number 343, Mosquito Squad is the only mosquito control firm to make the prestigious list.
For the past 36 years, Entrepreneur has compiled a list of most successful franchise concepts in the United States. Mosquito Squad, founded in 2006, has more than 160 franchise locations that specialize in eliminating mosquitoes and ticks from outdoor living spaces, so that Americans can enjoy their yards, business spaces and outdoor events...

Massage Heights Expands Brand Presence In Colorado »

December 19, 2014 at 11:09AM PST | Source: Massage Heights
Massage Heights Opportunities Available

Opening of second location in the state is the first in a number of locations planned for development by new Franchisee Group
December 19, 2014 // Franchising.com // San Antonio, Texas - Massage Heights continues on its current growth trajectory with the opening of the 118th Retreat this week in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, the 18th location to open this year and the second in the state. The San Antonio based franchisor has been focused on new expansion deals across the country with franchisee groups like the one in Denver. The three Strategic-partners of SBH group are practically Denver natives with each graduating from a Colorado college and residing in the Denver Metro area for 30+ years. They worked together as small business Agency Owners and Executives with a large national multi-line insurance company prior to opening their first Massage Heights franchise this week...

New Sears Hometown Store Opens In Park Falls »

December 19, 2014 at 11:06AM PST | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Local Retailer Offers Top Brand Home Appliances, Lawn and Garden Equipment, Tools, Mattresses, and More at Guaranteed Lowest Price
PARK FALLS, Wis., Dec. 18, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) opened its newest Wisconsin Sears Hometown Store today at 1070 3rd Ave South in Park Falls.
The Park Falls location marks the 33rd opening of a new Sears Hometown Store this year and the 15th opening of a new store across all of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores formats. Unlike most retail concepts, Sears Hometown Stores combine the value, selection and services associated with larger retail stores but are owned and operated by a member of the local community.
"Opening around the holidays is a special occasion, especially for those who have a passion for bargain hunting," said Dale Biertzer, owner of the new Sears Hometown Store in Park Falls...

New Sears Hometown Store Opens In Nogales »

December 19, 2014 at 11:02AM PST | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Local Retailer Offers Top Brand Home Appliances, Lawn and Garden Equipment and More at Guaranteed Lowest Price
NOGALES, Ariz., Dec. 18, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) opened its newest Arizona Sears Hometown Store today within the Paco & Son's Home Furniture location at 1213 Grand Ave. in Nogales.
The Nogales location marks the 14th opening of a new Sears Hometown Store this year and the 31st opening of a new store across all of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores formats. Unlike most retail concepts, Sears Hometown Stores combine the value, selection and services associated with larger retail stores but are owned and operated by a member of the local community.
"Working directly with homeowners, we recognized the need for a broader product and service assortment to assist them with their projects," stated Gustavo Paco, owner of the new Sears Hometown Store in Nogales...

Hooters Signs New Franchise Partner In SoCal, Continues To Expand Global Footprint »

December 19, 2014 at 10:42AM PST | Source: Hooters

Chandi Group USA to cultivate Hooters presence in Palm Springs, California; International openings continue in Aruba, Australia, Mexico and more
December 19, 2014 // Franchising.com // (Atlanta, GA) -- Hooters of America, LLC, today announced a new domestic development agreement with Chandi Group USA to build multiple Hooters restaurants in the Palm Springs, Indio, Coachella and Cathedral City, California, areas. Headed by Nachattar Chandi, Chandi Group USA's first location is slated to open in late summer of 2015.
This agreement represents a continuation of Hooters worldwide unit growth acceleration. Hooters same store sales results also continue to gain momentum, and according to Knapp Track, have outperformed the casual dining segment in nine of the past 10 quarters ending September, 2014...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Strengthens Footprint In Colombia With The Openings Of Four Points By Sheraton In Bogota And Barranquilla »

December 19, 2014 at 10:35AM PST | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Designed for today's traveler, Four Points offers a smart, casual option in two of the region's most dynamic markets
BOGOTA, Colombia--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) continues its growth momentum in Latin America and strengthens its presence in Colombia with the openings of Four Points Bogota and Four Points Barranquilla. Both hotels are operated by GHL Hotels under franchise agreements.
With these openings, Starwood continues to strengthen its presence in Colombia, one of the fastest growing economies and most dynamic travel markets in the region. Starwood's current operating portfolio includes the recently opened W Bogota, Sheraton Bogota Hotel, Aloft Bogota Airport, Four Points by Sheraton Cali and Four Points by Sheraton Medellin, with Sheraton Cartagena set to open by the end of 2015...

Le Meridien Debuts In North Carolina With The Opening Of Le Meridien Charlotte »

December 19, 2014 at 9:34AM PST | Source: Le Meridien

Following an extensive multimillion dollar renovation, Charlotte's newest hotel unveiled in Uptown's bustling business district
CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced the opening of Le Méridien Charlotte, following a multimillion dollar transformation. Le Méridien Charlotte is within walking distance of Charlotte's Uptown Business District, which is home to North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Discovery Place, Charlotte Aquatic Center the Charlotte Convention Center, Time Warner Arena and Bank of America Stadium (home of the Carolina Panthers), as well as corporate offices for Bank of America, Wells Fargo and BB&T.
"Le Méridien is experiencing strong growth momentum in North America, nearly tripling our portfolio since Starwood first acquired the brand in 2005," said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader, Le Méridien and Westin...

Winestyles Tasting Station In Houston To Celebrate A Night Of 'Opera Style' On Dec. 20 »

December 19, 2014 at 4:00AM PST | Source: WineStyles Inc.

Largest Wine Boutique Franchise Invites Community to Attend Performance of Classic Opera & Holiday Favorites
December 19, 2014 // Franchising.com // HOUSTON – WineStyles Tasting Station®, a boutique concept dedicated to simplifying the wine and craft beer shopping experience, will host a special musical event, "Opera Style," Saturday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at its Houston location at 10300 Louetta Road #150. The store will welcome opera vocalist Jarrod Lee and pianist Benjamin Krause to perform a collection of works by Mozart and Gershwin, as well as holiday favorites, while attendees enjoy a premium red or white flight of their choice and artisanal cheese plates.
"It's exciting to bring world-class entertainment to the WineStyles Tasting Station in Houston for our customers to enjoy," said Tracy Young, franchisee...

New Menchie's Store At Crossroads At Santa Maria Celebrates Grand Opening With Week Of Fun Festivities »

December 18, 2014 at 11:31AM PST | Source: Menchie's

Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Store Fulfills Cravings with Family-Friendly Treats
December 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Menchie's, the friendliest place on earth with a mission to make every guest smile, opens its newest store at Crossroads at Santa Maria, located at 2202 South Bradly Rd., Santa Maria, CA, 93455. Offering high quality, delicious self-serve frozen yogurt, Menchie's is sure to become a Santa Maria favorite!
To celebrate the opening, Menchie's will spread smiles with a seven-day grand opening celebration from Saturday, December 20 to Friday, December 26, packed with free giveaways including t-shirts, Menchie's merchandise, family-friendly activities and free servings of its best-in-class frozen yogurt...

First New CEO Announced In Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies 30 Year History »

December 18, 2014 at 11:06AM PST | Source: Kids 'R' Kids

David Vinson takes the Helm as President and CEO of Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies; Charts Course for Franchise Growth with New Executive Appointments
December 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // DULUTH, Ga. - Today, Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies announced David Vinson assumed the role of president and CEO of Kids 'R' Kids International, Inc. - a move aligned with the company's progressive vision and ongoing commitment to provide industry-leading early childhood education programs and facilities.
The announcement is part of a larger strategy developed alongside franchisees and partners to determine a refreshed direction for the company and strengthen the executive leadership team as the franchise celebrates 30 years of excellence and expands internationally...

Le Meridien Debuts In The Big Easy With The Opening Of Le Meridien New Orleans »

December 18, 2014 at 10:59AM PST | Source: Le Meridien

Newly Transformed Hotel Unveils $29 Million Renovation of Public Spaces, Restaurant and Bars, Guestrooms, and Expanded Meeting Space
NEW ORLEANS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today unveiled Le Méridien New Orleans, following a comprehensive $29 million transformation. The newly renovated hotel features 410 fully redesigned guestrooms, including 22 suites; three new food and beverage outlets, including a new destination restaurant; and the addition of 1,600 square feet of flexible meeting and event space.
"Le Méridien is experiencing strong growth momentum in North America, and New Orleans has long been on our short list of dynamic U.S. cities that share in our brand passions for the arts, culture and cuisine," said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader, Le Méridien and Westin...

Starwood Hotels' Leading-Edge Aloft Brand Makes Debut In Detroit »

December 18, 2014 at 10:52AM PST | Source: aloft hotels

Bringing new Life to a City Landmark, Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney Delivers Urban Design, a Vibrant Social Scene and Live Performances by Emerging Artists
STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced the launch of its game-changing Aloft® brand in Detroit, following the completion of an adaptive re-use project that has transformed the historic David Whitney building. Located at One Park Avenue, Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney features 136 spacious, loft-like rooms, forward-thinking design and an energetic, social atmosphere - all at an affordable price point. The hotel is owned and developed by Whitey Partners, LLC, a joint venture between The Roxbury Group and VOS Hospitality, the lifestyle/boutique division of Trans Inns Management, Inc...

Great Wraps Secures Multi-City Development Agreement For Dallas-Fort Worth And Oklahoma City »

December 18, 2014 at 10:44AM PST | Source: Great Wraps

Multi-Concept Operator Chooses Hot Again Fast-Casual Brand to Fill Niche Mall Segment
December 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA - With more than 80 locations nationwide, Great Wraps, a restaurant franchise that lives at the intersection of flavor and health, announces a franchise development agreement that will catapult the brand's presence further into Texas, with the signing of a multi-city deal to develop restaurants in the Dallas-Fort Worth market, as well as enter the state of Oklahoma for the first time. Experienced multi-unit franchisee Premila Vishwanath and her business partners at J2K, LLC., who currently operate a franchise portfolio that consists of 44 Jack in the Box and four Pizza Hut locations, secured the rights to develop Great Wraps restaurants in Dallas-Fort Worth, as well as Oklahoma City...

Limited-Service Restaurant Johnny Rockets Proves HAMburgers And Shakes Stand The Test Of Time  »

December 18, 2014 at 10:27AM PST | Source: Johnny Rockets

Adaptable Footprints and Route 66 Prototype Lead to Increased Franchise Interest and Growth
December 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // Aliso Viejo, Calif. - According to a recent Technomic report, 95 percent of consumers say they eat hamburgers at least once a month, contributing to a burger boom that spans across the restaurant industry. Impacting sales in restaurants, this industry trend has similarly contributed to growth in franchise sales, particularly for those franchise restaurants with high brand visibility and a focus on the guest experience. With a 28-year legacy of serving all-American menu items, including burgers and hand-spun shakes, Johnny Rockets' franchise interest has grown exponentially in 2014 due to its continued relevance and entertaining dining experience, a differentiator from the crowded burger space...



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